"Stained Glass" opens Von Till's seven-song album with a winding, looping acoustic guitar line punctuated by single piano keys, accenting the beginning of each measure as he rasps a paean of devotion. Without benefit of additional instruments, "We All Fall" emphasizes the strength of Von Till's rumbling yet delicate baritone, as he sings over a droning acoustic guitar phrase. A delay-drenched electric guitar line leads the rhythm to "Remember," while Von Till plucks a waltz-time acoustic arpeggio. Although this is a surprisingly sparse and subtle acoustic album, there's no wispy singer-songwriter fare herein. On the contrary, As the Crow Flies is, in many ways, heavier and more intense than much of the music by bands that have followed in Neurosis's wake.
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